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Using the keyboard in Cyanogenmod, sometimes while typing in a sentence, I see a point where I would like to make an edit. Presently, I do this by touching with my finger where I want the insertion point to be, however, it is hard to get the exact location, often I miss it by one or two characters. In such cases, instead of trying again and again until I get it right (which is most difficult to position right at the beginning of the text) is there a way to advance the cursor forward of backwards by one position somehow? In other words, on a computer, I would press the forward or backward arrow keys to move one position, is there something like that in the keyboard?

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When you touch with your finger do you not get a blue indicator "tab" just below where the cursor has been placed? It is usually then fairly easy to drag this "tab" (and corresponding cursor) a couple of characters to the correct position. –  w3d Apr 1 '13 at 20:37
    
@w3d Yes, the blue arrow can be dragged around. I think that qualifies as the answer, so why don't you post it? –  WilliamKF Apr 1 '13 at 21:55
    
@w3d : it is NOT fairly easy if i want to place the cursor right in the middle of a "ii", which is exactly 1 pixel wide... -.- –  C.B. Nov 20 '13 at 16:06
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As mentioned in comments, when you tap some text to set the insertion point you should get a blue indicator "tab" just below where the cursor has been placed. It is usually then fairly easy to drag this "tab" (and corresponding cursor) a couple of characters to the correct position.

Unfortunately, unlike some other keyboards, the stock Android keyboard does not have arrow keys.

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I don't know about the stock keyboard but in Swiftkey and Kii keyboard(a wonderful and free alternative to stock keyboard and Swiftkey) you and enable arrow keys, ie → ← ↑ ↓. I think this might be what you're looking for.

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You can install an alternate keyboard to gain this functionality. I put Hackers Keyboard (free in Play Store) on my Nexus 10 and have it configured with arrow keys. Ctrl-C/X/V also work (for cut & paste shortcuts).

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